This year, I graduated from college in my pajamas from a living room in Montana, bonded with a cat through quarantine, traveled across seven different states to be reunited with that cat, and learned about the subtleties and quirks of a crazy 2020 world.

Here’s some of what I learned:

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Few things are so easy yet have such a great impact down the line

My first exposure to programming came my freshman year of college. A bright-eyed kid sitting in the back of a stuffy lecture hall staring at that first Introduction to Programming & Problem-Solving in Java slide.

After introducing variables and their declarations, our professor devoted an entire section of the PowerPoint…

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Staying physically distant but socially close

These past three weeks have been the most turbulent of my life; plans canceled, packing up and moving across the country on a moment’s notice, a constant fear of infection and infecting.

And yet, my problems are minute in comparison to those of the newly-unemployed, the grieving, the nurses, the…

Brought dad’s old film camera back to Europe 40 years after its first trip abroad

This year, my face was put on billboards around Denmark, I learned I was the 10,000th baby born in Washington State the year I was born, and I read, a lot. Here’s some of what I read.

At long last, the rolls from abroad have been developed and as promised, here they are in all their grainy glory

I know I said I had retired from posting about study abroad but I know you all have been waiting eagerly by your computer screens for the 35mm pictures I alluded to in past photo drops. Don’t fret, your two-months of waiting will not go in vain.

Buckle up for…

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Crypto-mining, in simple terms

Bitcoin, Bytecoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, Monero, Vertcoin, Electroneum, Dogecoin and whatever other ___coin is released in the future all structure themselves around the concept of mining.

Cryptocurrency mining does not involve swinging a pickaxe in a poorly-lit, claustrophobia-inducing mineshaft. It does not require years of tutelage under the expert dwarf miners…

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A quick explanation of the most Financial FOMO-inducing word of the decade

Bitcoin and other crypto coins rely on the core idea of the blockchain.

Oh yeah, I know you’ve heard of “the blockchain.” Yet another buzzword that surrounds all things cryptocurrency. …

Thomas Mallick

🚀 SRE dev @CapitalOneTech. @VanderbiltU alum. 🦖

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